Chelsea’s Fabregas has three-match ban reduced to one

21 May, 2015 3:15 pm

LONDON – Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had his three-match ban following his bizarre sending off against West Browmwich Albion reduced to one game, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.

The Spaniard was shown a red card in the first half of Monday’s 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns for unsportsmanlike conduct by referee Mike Jones.

The official was in the process of booking Chelsea striker Diego Costa after he tussled with Gareth McAuley when Fabregas, standing some 20 metres away, chipped the ball towards a crowd of players and it hit West Brom’s Chris Brunt on the head, prompting Jones to walk over and brandish a red card.

“The standard sanction would have been a three-match suspension,” Chelsea said in a statement on their website.

“However, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today, the club’s claim that a three-match suspension is excessive was successful.

“Fabregas will therefore now only miss our final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday and will be available for selection from the start of the 2015/16 campaign.”

Chelsea are eight points clear of second place Manchester City going into their final match of the season. – Reuters

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